A solicitor who backdated letters to conceal her inactivity on cases has agreed she should be struck off the roll. Amanda Elizabeth Davies, 32, had been qualified for three years when she started creating a total of 23 backdated letters on clinical negligence and personal injury files relating to nine clients.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal also heard that Davies made misleading statements to the mother of a client bringing a claim following the death of her husband in a road traffic accident. Davies, an assistant solicitor with Swansea firm JCP Solicitors Ltd, admitted telling the mother she had contacted the defendant’s insurers and that a counter-offer to their settlement offer had been made. This was a statement Davies knew to be untrue.
A meeting to investigate Davies’ actions was held at the firm in September 2016, at the outset of which she admitted fabricating documents and records and resigned with immediate effect.
In a subsequent letter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, she claimed to have wanted to show her supervisors she was in control of her files and they were progressing. She acted in the best interests of clients and it was ‘simply a case that I was no longer able to cope’.
She later added her conduct was an effort ‘to give myself some breathing space’ in dealing with files. In further mitigation submitted to the tribunal, Davies said she had been dealing with her grandfather’s terminal illness diagnosis at the time of the misconduct.
The SDT agreed Davies should be struck off and ordered her to pay pay £2,500 costs.